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Permanent cosmetics

Published: 25/08/2011 07:45:00 AM GMT
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What is the ruling about permenant cosmetics? There are procedures to give a person permament eyelining and other permanent enhancing colors to the skin of the face, lips, and eyelids. Is this lawful in Islam?

Answered by

the Fatwa Department Research Committee - chaired by Sheikh `Abd al-Wahhâb al-Turayrî

There is no difference between what you describe as "permanent cosmetics" and having a tattoo. Indeed, permanent cosmetics are nothing more than sophisticated permanent tattoos that give the appearance of conventional cosmetics.

The reason Islam forbids tattooing is that tatoos are a way of altering Allah’s creation. Allah relates to us that Satan says: “And I shall command them and they will alter Allah’s creation.” [Sûrah al-Nisâ':119].

Tattooing is unlawful in Islam. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Allah has cursed the one who gives another a tattoo and the one who receives it.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî and Sahîh Muslim]

Possibly, such cosmetic procedures might be permitted to the same extent that plastic surgery is permitted, to remove genuine deformities and to help reconstruct a normal appearance after an accident or to remove the visible effects of an operation or of a disease.

However, these cosmetics would not be permitted for purely cosmetic reasons or to alter one's natural appearance.

And Allah knows best.

Source: Islam Today

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